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India Partner Visits the U.S. (click for details )

Staff from Narikeldaha Prayas Make Their First Trip to Visit U.S. Partner Despite being thousands of miles apart, Narikeldaha Prayas of West Bengal, and Hospice of Kankakee Valley(HKV) located in Illinois, share a common mission and deal with similar challenges. In October, Dr. Shyamal Sarkar and Aditya Manna traveled from India to visit HKV to learn more about HKV’s operation and share their own information. The two organizations quickly learned that they are working towards the same goal-provide compassionate, comfort care at the end-of-life. “The need is the same, the culture and the environment is different (but) the medicine is more or less the same,” says Dr. Sarkar. The two organizations developed a partnership through Global Partners in Care in 2014 and have been communicating through email at least twice a month. The October trip was the first in-person meeting. During their visit, Dr. Sarkar and Aditya spent time learning from their partner about disease specific training, documentation, and the importance of the interdisciplinary approach of hospice care. When asked what information Dr. Sarkar found most beneficial, he named several things and was particularly impressed with HKV’s documentation system. “The details are fantastic,” says Dr. Sarkar. “Our documentation needs to be improved a lot.” Narikeldaha Prayas service area includes two to three districts in West Bengal. Their average daily census is 500 patients. With only 21 volunteer staff members, it is only possible to see two to four patients per day. Dr. Sarkar hopes that their partnership with HKV will help strengthen their volunteer numbers. “HKV is a very serious partner,” says Dr. Sarkar. “Their activity [partnership] will give us new points to manage our patients at home.” In addition to spending time with their partner in Illinois, Dr. Sarkar and Aditya traveled with Rachel Zajicek, lead social w